Madeleine Weijerman (1960) born in Amasterdam
As soon as she could hold a pencil as a little girl, she drew as much as she could. After graduating from the Rietveld Academy, she made illustrations for the Telegraaf, various magazines, advertisements and product packaging. She also worked as a designer and stylist for fashion shows, film, photography and commercials. The popular bag "Crisis" of her own brand UNUWATA has been exhibited at the COBRA museum and the TASSEN museum. Besides this, she provided lessons for many years at the fashion academy Charles Montage, where she also handled the final shows.
Looking at her paintings, we see these influences frequently. Beautiful, strong women who steal the show on every canvas. Mostly dresses, always styled with unique items such as peacock feathers, collars, flowers, umbrellas and anything (literally) indicative of the character depicted. Indeed, each woman has her very own personality and is more than often based on her own experiences or those of people around her. This is also reflected in the use of colour and symbolism such as certain animals and plants. Butterflies for deceased loved ones who are still with us, birds as ultimate freedom but also an overall affinity with nature. The colour explosions and cheerfulness are a reflection of her own character and charisma. Often, therefore, the "portraits" are made on request, and Madeleine engages in an extensive conversation in order to add the right personal tones. Her work is close to her heart and this makes you feel her zest for life and love of painting. The characteristic eyes with voluptuous eyelashes are her signature.